UCECP 5’s Pre-Kindergarten


OFFERED: Monday — Friday 9:00 — 12:00

This program is designed for children who do not meet the public school cut off for Kindergarten enrollment but still have birthdays in the fall. Since all of the children in the program are older we are able to specifically reach each child’s developmental needs. We developed the curriculum for the Pre-Kindergarten program by focusing on the Common Core Standards and communicating with District 181 Kindergarten teachers. During the school year, the class focuses on project based learning and concentrates on experimentation, with the children acting as researchers. Our goal is to meet children at their individual stages of development and challenge them to rise to the next level.



This program aims to foster these skills:

Academic Skills:

• Number recognition
• Self-help skills
• Phonemic awareness
• Fine/gross motor skills
• Letter recognition
• Basic color and shape recognition

Social/Emotional Skills:

• Ignore distractions
• Working in a group
• Patience with others
• Manage time
• Being curious
• Following directions



Based upon the varied needs of five year-olds and their families, we offer Big Day to extend and enrich the day for your child.


The Big Day Program includes lunch with friends, free choice play, and enrichment activities. Big Day is offered on a day-to-day basis.

• Extending a 5’s Pre-Kindergarten day until 2:00 available: Tuesday – Friday


Registration is $120 for the first child and $75 for the second child. This registration fee covers all processing expenses. Fees include a supply charge for consumable items that are used within the classrooms. The registration fee is non-refundable and due at time of registration.

• Tuition is collected a month in advance.
• Members of the Union Church of Hinsdale receive a

10% discount on tuition.



The Union Church Early Childhood Program is licensed by the State of Illinois. We follow the teacher-to-child ratio mandated by the state.

The 5’s Pre-Kindergarten has one teacher for 10 children. This ratio established by the state provides your child with the best learning experience.


Sue Nunamaker – Ms. Nunamaker has been in the field of early childhood education since 1992. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in ECE from Elmhurst College and is certified to teach Kindergarten through third grade.

Sue was the only early childhood education major in 2004 to receive the Thaskala Award from Elmhurst College. “I look forward to challenging this very special age group.”

Laura McBrien – Ms. McBrien has been in the field of early childhood education since 1999. She has a degree from Northeastern Illinois University. “I enjoy watching the smiles on the children’s faces as they gain a sense of accomplishment.”



5 days per week 9:00 –12:00
(minimum age: 5 years old by December 1 or December 31 with recommendation)

Classes meet:
Monday — Friday: $470.00 per month

additional Enhancements include:
BIG DAY: extending the 5’s Pre-Kindergarten day until 2:00

Tuesday — Friday: $135 per weekday per month